Blogging Break...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Happy belated New Year, everyone! Due to some unforeseen (very unforeseen) changes at my work, I have to take a (hopefully brief) blogging break. These changes started last week and I realized that while I'm focused on them, I just won't have the time, energy, and creativity to give It's Always Ruetten the focus it deserves.

I hope to be back soon! I'm already missing blogging and I haven't even officially stepped away. 

I hope you all have a great start to your 2015! Blog with you soon!

Silver & Gold Birthday

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Happy first weekend after Christmas! Did you survive the holidays? It was a nice quite holiday around my house. But Ricky still found boxes to claim as his own. Oh, my little Ricky.

I pulled out my card-making supplies the night of Christmas, turned on the first season of The West Wing and got to creating.

I have quite a few co-workers (and my mom) who have January birthdays, so I thought it would be a good time to start back on birthday cards.

I had just visited Scraps Galore (my local scrapbooking store) and had picked up a pretty gold glitter-patterned piece of paper to play with. I used it for this week's Seize the Birthday Challenge - Silver & Gold.

I used the gold patterned paper and a silver sketch pen for the birthday sentiment.

The pretty layout came from the Deconstructed Sketch challenge from last week...

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 180? I hope you like it! Here’s the scoop on what you need to do:  1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.  2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your personal blog, Splitcoaststampers, Flickr, Pinterest, etc). Use keyword DS180.  3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post.

Enjoy your last weekend of 2014!!

{I party with these blogs!}

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas, my dear readers! What a holiday season it's been! I thought it would be fun today to take a few minutes to look back and share some of my favorite things from this holiday season... in pictures!

Hanukkah Card

Pinecone Foil

Roku Streaming Stick

The Blissful Bee

Volkswagen Mint Green Car, Christmas Tree, Bow

Well, there ya have it! Another Christmas in the books! Wishing you all a great day!

Quick Gift Tags {Last Minute Christmas Tip}

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's officially last-minute to get things done for Christmas! But that doesn't mean that things can't still get done with a little bit of style! I want to share a quick tip for the last-minute Christmas people out there!

I know a lot of people keep gift shopping until the last weekend before Christmas... which means that wrapping presents is truly the last thing on the list. I have a great tip for finding (cheap) trendy and quick gift tags! All you have to do is find scrapbook paper that is designed as journaling cards or subway(ish) art. 

For example, I picked up this great We R Memory Keepers page in their Silver & Gold line (it's called December 25th):

It was only $1.10 at my local scrapbooking store (Scraps Galore) and I will have about 30 unique and trendy gift tags for this season. Just cut out the design you want to use, and punch a hole in it or use tape to attach it to the gift.

The first gift I used the tag on, I attached with curling ribbon...

And on another gift, I taped the tag to the handle of the gift bag...

I wrote the to/from on the back of each tag.

Here are a few other good options of scrapbooking paper to be used as gift tags - 

Simple Stories - Cozy Christmas
Christmas in Gold Journal Cards FREE
Christmas in Gold Journaling Cards

Happy last-minute Christmasing (my word)!

P.S. This post is the 400th (!!!) on the blog! Thank you to everyone who has stopped by once or many, many times to show their interest and support in It's Always Ruetten! Thank you, thank you!
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